The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Agreement to raise Army troops, Machnouk to put issue on Cabinet's table
An agreement has been reached in light of contacts that have taken place in recent days to recruit new soldiers, in order to raise the number of security forces by 5,000.
Ad-Diyar has learned that the plan, originally proposed by Speaker Nabih Berri, calls for the recruitment of 3,000 soldiers for the Army, 1,000 for the Internal Security Forces and 1,000 for General Security.
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk will present this issue during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, as part of the plan for combatting terrorism.
Jumblatt prepares to launch initiative to promote Helou
National Struggle Front sources told Al-Akhbar that bloc leader Walid Jumblatt is preparing to launch an initiative to promote Henry Helou as a presidential candidate.
The sources said Jumblatt has tasked MP Marwan Hamade to visit the various political parties, particularly the Christians ones, to solicit their opinion.
Crisis is all about the presence of an armed group: source
A Lebanese political official said the crisis facing the country is not a “regime crisis, but the crisis over the presence of an armed group defying the state."
The official said the March 14 coalition needs to set out its political priorities so as not to slip into the Hezbollah “game.”
The official said it is the responsibility of March 14, Christians and Muslims, to “resist” succumbing to sectarian polarization that is imposing itself on the region.
Three preemptive strikes thwart terror attacks in Beirut, north Lebanon
Security forces managed to thwart three terror attacks in Beirut and north Lebanon by preventing suicide bombers from reaching their target.
General Security members raided a hotel room in Beirut Wednesday after receiving a tip-off about the presence of terror suspects. But a suicide bomber blew himself up in his room to avoid arrest during the raid.
Security forces seized a briefcase containing 7 kilograms of explosives and an explosive belt.
According to information obtained by An-Nahar the suicide bomber had carried a Saudi passport in the name of Abdul-Rahman al-Mmaiqi.
Security forces have also reportedly arrested several Arab nationals.